2012 Little League Baseball World Series
Williamsport, Pennsylvania - August 16 - 26

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Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship

New Jersey Earns Final Berth With Solo Home Run


Author: Lauren Gilbert

Source: South Williamsport, Pa.

Date/Time: Sunday, Aug. 12, 2011, 5:00pm ET

One swing of the bat was all it took to seal the deal for Parsippany, N.J., Little League on Sunday evening at Leon J. Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.

Bener Uygun led off the fourth inning with a solo shot over the left field fence and that was all the offense New Jersey would need to defeat Newark, Del., Little League, 1-0, and clinch the Mid-Atlantic Regional title.

It was a pitcher's duel all night with both aces dominating their opponents. Emil Matti went the distance for New Jersey and pitched all six innings while giving up just two hits and striking out five. His opponent from Delaware, Clayton Hansen, had an equally impressive showing and pitched five complete innings while giving up just three hits and striking out seven.

Both teams struggled to get the offense going and hit after hit was vacuumed up by the defenses. New Jersey's lone run came off a lead-off solo home run by Uygun in the fourth.

Things got interesting for both sides though in the top of the sixth when Newark’s Joe Silan smashed a fly ball to dead center field that slammed into the fence and missed clearing it by inches. The two out rally quickly ended though as Matti struck out Hansen to end the game and seal the deal for New Jersey.

Uygun, Daniel Ruggiero and Alex Cavaluzzo each went 1 for 2 for Parsippany. Matthew Theodorakis and Silan, the one and two hitters for Delaware, both had a double.

Both teams played stellar defense all night, making several impressive plays.

This is the first time Parsippany, N.J., has clinched a spot to South Williamsport. The last four teams from New Jersey to make it to the Little League World Series have been from Toms River, N.J.

The Little League World Series begins this Thursday.